Department of Adult congenital heart disease @ Policlinico San Donato

The ACHD Unit is devoted to the care of patients that were borned with a cardiac disease.
In our Centre we have a vertical model of treatment following our patients  from pre-birth (fetal) to adulthood. We take care of the patients with a multidisciplinary  team of professionals (acrdiologist, Interventionists, Surgeons, Psycologists) that cover all the aspects. We support patients and family with our Transition Clinic, when is time to move from the Pediatric to the adult setting.
A Psychological support is always available for those who need it, and the patient National Association  (AICCA), may help them in all needs during hospitalization. We performe more the 300 interventional ctheterisation in adolescent and adult CHD patients every year.
The Unit  participate in new study trials and projects as we believed that research represents an opportunity to improve treatment options.

Our excellence in numbers


Interventional procedures in Adult with Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)

Notable advanced technological equipment

  • 3D Rotagional Angiography
  • Simulation Laboratory
  • Holographic planning of the procedures                            

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Meet our team

Head physician

Massimo Chessa

Massimo Chessa
Policlinico San Donato

The Policlinico San Donato Research Hospital is the largest and most renowned Italian center specialized in the field of cardiovascular treatments. The hospital is accredited by the Italian National Health Service (SSN) and is home to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, in collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Milano.

Founded in 1969 and extending over 50,000 square meters in the south-eastern part of Milan, the multi-specialty healthcare institution is a leader in Italy and among best centers in Europe as for the amount as well as for the complexity of performed cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures in children (>1,000 procedures per year) and adult patients (>1,000 surgical interventions and 6,000 interventional cardiology procedures). The San Donato’s Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology Unit delivers one of the highest numbers of cardiac ablations in the world (>1,400 per year). San Donato has a research center aimed at studying of the heart and blood vessels in adults and children and searching of new prevention and treatment methods that has been recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (IRCCS).

San Donato is a pioneer of international cooperation and a founder of charity missions for the treatment of children with congenital heart diseases that are run in collaboration with the association “Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo”. Thanks to this project more than 3,000 children all over the world have received their treatment.

Since 2019, Policlinico San Donato has become home to the National Institute for Obesity Cure (INCO), a national reference center with a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of obesity. Thanks to the INCO, dietary, psycho-behavioral and surgical treatments are carried out together with the most innovative video-assisted laparoscopic and mini-invasive techniques.